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Commitments and Contingencies

Commitments and Contingencies
9 Months Ended
Sep. 30, 2020
Commitments and Contingencies Disclosure [Abstract]  
Commitments and Contingencies

Note 9 — Commitments and Contingencies


Operating Leases


The Company has entered into non-cancellable operating leases for office, warehouse, and distribution facilities, with original lease periods expiring through 2021. In addition to minimum rent, certain of the leases require payment of real estate taxes, insurance, common area maintenance charges, and other executory costs. Differences between rent expense and rent paid are recognized as adjustments to operating lease right-of-use assets on the consolidated balance sheets.


As of September 30, 2020, the Company recorded operating lease liabilities of $534,819 and right of use assets for operating leases of $505,933. During the three and nine months ended September 30, 2020, operating cash outflows relating to operating lease liabilities was $71,090 and $219,608, respectively, and the expense for right of use assets for operating leases was $72,349 and $226,167, respectively. As of September 30, 2020, the Company’s operating leases had a weighted-average remaining term of 3.7 years and weighted-average discount rate of 4.5%. Excluded from the measurement of operating lease liabilities and operating lease right-of-use assets were certain office, warehouse and distribution contracts that qualify for the short-term lease recognition exception.


On June 6, 2018, the Company’s wholly owned subsidiary, Best Party Concepts, LLC, entered into a lease for office space in Newtown, PA, which expired on May 30, 2020 and was not renewed.


Total rent expense for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2020 was $116,183 and $332,492, respectively. Total rent expense for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2019 was $128,256 and $410,759, respectively. Rent expense is included in general and administrative expense on the consolidated statements of operations.


Rental Income


Fergco leases a portion of the building located in Washington, New Jersey that it owns under a month to month lease. Total rental income related to the leased space for both the three and nine months ended September 30, 2020 and 2019 was both $25,704 and $77,111, respectively, and is included in other income on the consolidated statements of operations.


Legal Contingencies


The Company is involved in claims and litigation in the ordinary course of business, some of which seek monetary damages, including claims for punitive damages, which are not covered by insurance. For certain pending matters, accruals have not been established because such matters have not progressed sufficiently through discovery, and/or development of important factual information and legal information is insufficient to enable the Company to estimate a range of possible loss, if any. An adverse determination in one or more of these pending matters could have an adverse effect on the Company’s consolidated financial position, results of operations or cash flows.


We are, and may in the future become, subject to various legal proceedings and claims that arise in or outside the ordinary course of business.


On April 14, 2020, Oceanside Traders, LLC (“Plaintiff”) filed a complaint against Cloud B, Inc. and Edison Nation, Inc. (together the “Defendants”) with the Superior Court of Ocean County, New Jersey alleging a breach of contract in that the Defendants failed to pay Plaintiff for goods sold in the amount of $141,007 plus $138,180 for overpayments and $279,187 for lost profits for a total of $443,383. A default judgment was entered against Edison Nation in the case in the amount of $284,249. The same day the default judgment was entered, the Company filed a motion to vacate on the grounds that Edison Nation was not properly served with the complaint. The court granted Edison Nation, Inc.’s motion to vacate the judgment. On November 9, 2020, Plaintiff filed an amended complaint against Edison Nation, Inc., et al.


On March 13, 2019, Rosenberg Fortuna & Laitman LLP and Mark Principe (together the “Plaintiffs”) filed a complaint against Safe TV Shop, LLC (the “Defendant”) with the Supreme Court of the State of New York, County of Nassau alleging a breach of indemnification arising out of the use of a certain packaging material. On February 12, 2020, the parties entered a Stipulation and Settlement and Consent Agreement, whereby the Plaintiff entered into a Consent Judgment in the amount of $50,000. The Company has accrued $50,000 for the amount of the judgment, but there have been no operations by the Plaintiff since the date of acquisition by the Company.


On October 27, 2020, Gerald Whitt, Alexander Whitt, Matthew Whitt, Christopher Whitt, Deborah Milam and David Knecht, individually and in their personal capacities, and derivatively on behalf of Cloud B, Inc. (together the “Plaintiffs”) filed a claim against the Company, CBAV1, LLC, SRM Idea Lab, Inc., Christopher B. Ferguson, Linda Suh, Jeff Johnson, Richard Brenner, Phillip McFillin, Kevin Ferguson, Brett Vroman and Does 1-100 (together the “Defendants”) and Cloud B, Inc., as a nominal defendant, alleging fraudulent concealment, breach of fiduciary duty, breach of contract, breach of confidence, intentional misrepresentation, negligent misrepresentation, unfair business practices and civil conspiracy requesting judgment in excess of $8,000,000 for compensatory damages, punitive damages and attorneys’ fees.